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January Term

January Term, or J-Term, is designed to provide maximum opportunity for intense learning either on or off campus. Our on-campus program focuses on enriching the mind/body connection, and our 3-week Study Abroad programs provide a rich cultural and academic experience that focuses on the importance of global citizenry. The Landmark College Works Employment Readiness Experience Course combines class time and work experience for students interested in learning more about the world of work. Students interested in applying for the Landmark College Works Employment Readiness Experience can find materials here.


On-Campus J-Term

New and returning students enrolled in J-Term have options to earn credits, enhance academic skills, and engage in physical activities. Students can:

  • Earn as many as 4 credits during J-Term
  • Enjoy an intensive and focused learning experience
  • Shorten the length of time needed to complete their degree requirements

Classes begin January 7 and end January 24, 2019. Academic classes meet on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9–11:30 a.m. and 1:30–4 p.m.

On-Campus Resources

Students have access to campus resources during J-Term, including health services, counseling, the Drake Center for Academic Support (DCAS), and the Library. While students enrolled in J-Term are not assigned a designated advisor, the DCAS is staffed by personnel who have filled the advising role during traditional semesters. The academic intervention team is also in place to support students experiencing academic difficulties due to attendance, work completion, or other academics-related concerns. The residential staff offers programming in the evenings that supports the wellness initiatives embedded in the J-Term experience. Professors include experiential opportunities as part of their classes. Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, and Residential Life work closely together to provide a robust experience for students both inside and outside the classroom.

Course Registration Process

Course registration opens on November 1 for on-campus courses. Later in November, course enrollment is reviewed. If a course is under-enrolled, it is canceled. Students should include second choices on their registration forms. Please refer to the Study Abroad page for the Study Abroad course registration process. Students may add a course until the end of the Add period, January 7, provided they have housing reserved on campus. Students must be enrolled in an on-campus, 3-credit J-Term course in order to be on campus. J-Term tuition is non-refundable, so it is particularly important that students make use of the Add period to make course changes.

Students who are interested or who have questions should contact their advisor or contact Lynne Shea, Dean of Liberal Studies and the Arts at For more information about Study Abroad programs, contact Jessica Lindoerfer at

Enrolling as a new student this January?

You may be eligible to fast track your semester with our January JumpStart option. JumpStart is a 3-week mini-session that runs from January 6 to 24, 2019, just before the start of the Spring Semester.

Students enroll in one of the following three-credit academic classes during J-Term:

  • COM1011 Introduction to Communications (Jumpstart)
  • HIS3071 Special Topics: Personal History
  • HIS3072 Special Topics: Genealogy & History
  • JRN2021 Broadcast Journalism
  • LIT2023 Special Topics: Place-based Literature & Map-making
  • PNT2011 Painting I
  • PNT3011 Painting II

COM1011 Introduction to Communications
This survey course introduces students to the field of communication and enables them to increase their effectiveness and precision as public speakers and members of seminars and groups. Students explore how their perceptions influence the manner in which they communicate and how to use a wide variety of listening skills. They become aware of how verbal and nonverbal language can alter, detract from or enhance messages. Students also employ a variety of language strategies that promote inclusion, honesty, conflict resolution and support from within a group. Credits: 3

HIS3071 Special Topics: Personal History
In this course, students will use genealogical study as a portal into understanding their place in history. Students will learn an online genealogy research program to construct a family tree, then investigate the historical background of their own lives and the lives of family members. A final research project will focus on providing historical context for a pivotal moment in the family history, or for a particular ancestor. Beyond the specific projects related to personal and family history, students should emerge from this course with enhanced skills in research and source-based writing. Students must have completed three courses at the 2000 level, one of which must be in the History, Humanities, Philosophy or Religion disciplines, with grades of C or higher, as prerequisites for this course. Credits: 3

HIS3072 Special Topics: Genealogy & History
This hybrid course is for students who have completed HIS3071: Personal History, and wish to continue using genealogical and historical research methods to investigate family history. Students will review and expand their knowledge of the genealogy database used in the Personal History course, and then contextualize that research with additional primary and secondary sources. In collaboration with the instructor, students will begin by assessing their final paper from the Personal History class to determine where the paper needs additional documentation, clarification, historical context, etc. The student will then create a research plan to address those needs, complete the research, and revise and expand the paper. Credits: 3
Prerequisites (HIS3071/Lecture {min credit = 3.00} or Instructor Permission Required from Cox, Lindsay A)

JRN2021 Broadcast Journalism
By studying the practical and theoretical aspects of broadcast journalism, students in this course will learn the techniques for writing, producing, and presenting news and information for radio and television. Students will investigate the various roles involved with creating newscasts, advertisements, and other programming along with studying the specific communication requirements entailed in this professional field. Students will engage in experiential learning opportunities including visiting area newsrooms and producing work to be broadcast through the Landmark College campus radio station and the Brattleboro Community Television station (BCTV). Credits: 3
Prerequisites: COM1011 Lecture Min Credits: 3.00 Or CO1021 Lecture Min Credits: 3.00 Or CO1071 Lecture Min Credits: 3.00 And WRT1011 Lecture Min Credits: 3.00 And EDU1011 Lecture Min Credits: 3.00 Or EDU1001 Lecture Min Credits: 3.00 Or EDU1201 Lecture Min Credits: 2.00

LIT2023 Special Topics: Place-based Literature & Map-making
This course is about how we relate to and experience specific places, and emphasizes hands-on participation in a wide range of creative, investigative, and physical activities. Students will read a variety of place-based essays, short stories, and wayfaring narratives; compose oral histories drawn from close observation of land use patterns and topographical forms; construct digital and hand-drawn maps of real and imagined places; and write critically about how storytelling (oral tradition and written narrative) strengthens our cultural and ecological relationships with specific landscapes. In both the classroom and the field, students will engage in experiential activities such as cartography, storytelling, route finding, walking, and questing. Specific course expectations include completion of two projects, two academic papers, and a number of field journals. Credits: 3

PNT2011 Painting I
This course presents an introduction to the fundamental principles and techniques of painting. Through a variety of experiential projects, students gain a practical understanding of the use of painting tools, color mixing and theory, as well as critical discourse. Students explore a range of subjects and visual strategies, including still life, landscape, and the figure, as well as abstract and conceptual problems to strengthen each student’s formal and personal development. Projects are contextualized and linked through the integrated study of art historical movements and contemporary artists engaging in the dialog of painting. Emphasis will be on the development of core skills in the discipline, exploration of materials and methods, knowledge of contemporary and historical precedents, presentation of work, and critique. Credits: 3 Lab Fee $35.00

PNT3011 Painting II
Painting II expands and builds upon the principles and techniques introduced in Painting I (PNT2011), with a heightened emphasis on a critical understanding of painting as a conceptual practice and the further development of technical core skills. In this advanced painting course students will produce a painting portfolio exploring a variety of visual strategies, media, methods, and subjects. Students will gain feedback on their work through individual and group critiques. Students will complete and present a PowerPoint, Final Project researching historical and contemporary painting models and practitioners. Students must have completed three courses at the 2000 level, with grades of C or higher, as prerequisites for this course. Credits: 3 Lab Fee $35.00

Prerequisites DRW1011/Lecture {min credit = 3.00} and PNT2011/Lecture {min credit = 3.00}

Student can also enroll in a variety of Physical Education classes.

  • PHE1132 Gentle Flow Yoga
  • PHE1137 Beginner T’ai Chi Chuan
  • PHE1166 Ski and Snowboard

PHE1132 Gentle Flow Yoga
Gentle Flow Yoga will introduce students basic yoga poses, body alignment, attention to breathing and mindfulness. Students will be encouraged to challenge their flexibility in mostly seated positions and will be guided through exercises to facilitate a connection between the body and breath. Gentle Flow Yoga deemphasizes the push-ups (chaturanga) commonly found in Vinyasa Yoga and instead focuses on range of motion in the hips, balance and flow. Students will be assessed on content knowledge and demonstration of skill proficiency throughout the semester. Course may not be repeated. Credits: 1

PHE1137 Beginner T’ai Chi Chuan
Students will learn the 24 Form style of T’ai Chi. The goal of the class is to help students focus on their own inner activity, develop a greater sense of being centered in the world, and to discover a system that promotes overall health. Students must be willing to participate in a slow moving, silent, meditative practice. Course may not be repeated.

PHE1166 Ski and Snowboard
This one-credit course is designed exclusively for students enrolled in the January Term who are interested in improving their skiing or snowboarding/pipe skills. There is an additional cost for one day of skiing or snowboarding, including lessons for those wishing to sharpen their skills on the slopes. Course may not be repeated.

The cost for J-Term varies by student status.

Returning Landmark College Students (January 6–24, 2019)

Tuition $4,800
Room (3 weeks) $630
Board (3 weeks) $550
Total (Without skiing) $5,980

Employment Readiness Experience (January 6–24, 2019)

Tuition (1 credit) $1,450
Room (3 weeks) $630
Board (3 weeks) $550
Total (Without skiing) $2,630

Mount Snow Ski/Snowboard program (PHE1166) fee schedule (per day)

Students may want to inquire about season pass options if they plan to ski throughout the season.

Study Abroad (January 5–25, 2019)

Click here for information about J-Term study abroad trips and fees.

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